Former champion Tommy Hill is close to announcing a return to the British Superbike Championship for 2014, albeit in a managerial capacity.

Hill, who claimed the BSB riders' title with Swan Yamaha in 2011, has been absent from the sport in 2013 following the decision to take a sabbatical, but is understood to be working on a deal that will see him return to the paddock in 2014 as the manager of his own team.

According to the official BSB website, the 28-year-old has ambitions to run a two-rider team next season, though it remains to be seen whether his plans are solely managerial or whether it will include a return to competition.

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Hill's anticipated comeback to BSB follows his surprise decision to turn away from the sport in 2013, the former champion citing his frustration at being unable to progress into the upper echelons of motorcycle racing, despite winning the 2011 BSB title and claiming seven victories in 2012.